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Are Small-sided games the best at developing world class talents?

For a long time, this has been a question around the world, and what is unimaginable, is that millions of coaches know that small-sided games work, and the majority, still avoid the simple set up and go for the complicated ones.

If you wonder for a second, what are Small-sided games? it is as simple as playing soccer with less numbers (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, or 5v5 as it is in Futsal) this translates into more touches, quicker thinking, and more skills at hand so that they come out playing instead of sending the ball forward to avoid making mistakes in their 3rd. These type of mini-games is what have created the best players in the world until this precise moment you are reading this article, and still many organizations concentrate in playing full field instead of developing players at young ages. Below you may find some comments from World Class players who grew playing these sort of small-sided games, and became what the world witnessed as the best players of all times.

"During my childhood in Portugal, all we played was Futsal. If it wasn't for Futsal, I wouldn't be the player I am today" | Cristiano Ronaldo |

"Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and myself all started our careers in Futsal. The majority of players who dribble, who have the ability to play quickly, come from Futsal" | Robinho |

"As a little boy in Argentina, I played Futsal on the streets and for my club. It was tremendous fun and it helped me become who I am today" | Lionel Messi |

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